Competition Winners Announced: Jersey Festival of Words

The winners have been announced in the Jersey Festival of Words Writing Competition sponsored by Oakglen Wealth.


The judges with all winners of the JFOW Writing Competition 2023 – photo courtesy of the JEP.


The competition is held annually as part of the local festival and is sponsored by Oakglen Wealth and the Jersey Evening Post (JEP). Categories spanned poetry, flash fiction and short stories.

Oakglen Wealth’s Investment Director William Lamond said: “The calibre of entries was exceptional, they were a pleasure to read and I enjoyed the wonderful array of literature. We are exceptionally lucky to have such talented individuals on the island.”

“Oakglen Wealth was delighted to sponsor the competition as well as Poet Laureate Simon Armitage’s visit. The evening with Simon was very enjoyable and well received. The Festival attracted record entries and ticket sales which is fantastic.”

The Festival of Words Writing Competition winners received their prizes and certificates in a special ceremony at the Arts Centre at the end of the festival.

The panel of judges, comprised of Claire Lilley, Natalie Saturnia, JEP reporter Kelly Frost and poet Traci O’Dea.

You can read all of the winning entries here in the Jersey Evening Post.


Prize Winners:



Laura Cardinal




9-13 years Winner – Ava Steel

2nd – Verity Smith

3rd – Izabela Wolanski

14-16 years Winner – Craig Richards

Adult Winner – Yvonne Heavey

2nd – Ellen Baker




9-13 years Winner – Iris Journeaux

2nd – Poppy Muirhead

3rd – George Perkins

14-16 Winner – Craig Richards

2nd – Adam Benson

3rd – Elijah Bisson

17 and above Winner – Geraint Jennings

2nd – Juliette Hart

3rd – Elliot Moignard



Oakglen Wealth would like to congratulate each and every one of the competition winners. Well done everyone for your hard work and fantastic submissions – all the best for your writing futures!